More than 202,000 Kiwis travelled to the Gold Coast in the 2017 calendar year and that number is predicted to rise as Virgin and Air New Zealand announce plans to add capacity. ‘We are feeling quite bullish about growth’, says Michael Thurston, Global Partnership Manager for Destination Gold Coast.
The travel trade gathered last night to celebrate the launch of Air New Zealand’s non-stop service between Auckland and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from November this year.
The new service deepens the alliance between Air New Zealand and United Airlines. In addition to the new route announcement, United says it will extend its seasonal service between Auckland and San Francisco to year-round from April 2019.
Tourism Ireland has revealed it will be putting out a new Irish Specialist programme for Kiwi agents soon.
Darragh Walshe from Tourism Ireland says, ‘It’s a revised edition of what has been in the market for a number of years.’
Skål Wellington held its AGM at the James Cook Grand Chancellor with an emphasis on transition and rejuvenation, while at the same time celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March.
Sally Attfield, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, was elected president and Graham Mann, Welman Technologies, as vice president.
More than 500 travel agents, cruise line personnel, sponsors and media celebrated the best of the cruise sector at the 17th annual Cruise Industry Awards over the weekend – a far cry from the turnout when the vent first started.